GemFind Weekly Jewelry Industry News December 23, 2014

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                      Weekly Newsletter  
                           December 23, 2014  

 


In This Issue
IDEX Online Research: US Jewelry Retail Prices Down, Supplier Prices Up
For jewelers, just how super was Saturday?
New York Adapting to Changing Diamond Market
A Look at Opals – Australia’s Downhome Gems
Thinking Pink in 2014 With These Top 10 Engagement Rings
Maybe We’ve Been Thinking About Smartwatches All Wrong
My favorite gemstone pieces of 2014
The Dragon
6 bridal jewelry trends for 2015
10 Small-Business Predictions for 2015
This is how a $390,000 Bike Looks Like
6 Tips for How to Sell More in Less Time
5 Reminders for Retailers During the Busiest Week of the Year

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IDEX Online Research: US Jewelry Retail Prices Down, Supplier Prices Up

Albert Robinson                                               IDEX                                          Dec.23     


 

 

The Jewelry Consumer Price Index (JCPI) continued to decline sharply in November, driven by price-based promotions and heavy discounting at retail stores which sell jewelry.  >>> 

For jewelers, just how super was Saturday?

Brecken Branstrator and Michelle Graff          National Jeweler                     Dec. 22                          

After getting off to a strong start, sales have tapered in recent week, leaving some retailers less busy than usual on the final Saturday before Christmas, known as Super Saturday. >>> 

New York Adapting to Changing Diamond Market

Q&A with David Lasher, Managing Director of the New York Diamond Dealers Club

Rapaport News                                                                                 Dec. 21 

 

 


The Diamond Dealers Club (DDC) is the trading bourse located in New York’s Diamond District, representing diamantaires that are responsible for the majority of loose diamonds that enter the U.S.
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A Look at Opals – Australia’s Downhome Gems    

American Hard Assets                                                                                Dec. 22  
                           

 
The search for more color in gems used for jewelry finds fine answers in opals, the mineral which can only be found in large quantities on the Australian continent. >>> 


 

Thinking Pink in 2014 With These Top 10 Engagement Rings

Brittany Siminitz                                                 JCK                                          December 22                                        

We sure love bridal jewelry, don’t we? For retailers, no category is more vital to a store’s lineup. Most brides dream of slipping on the perfect engagement ring from the moment they meet “the one” (and even before that). >>> 

Maybe We’ve Been Thinking About Smartwatches All Wrong

Rob Bates                                                  JCK                                               Dec. 19  

                                                                            

Listening to LVMH watch chief Jean-Claude Biver talk about smartwatches, it sometimes seems like he’s going through the five stages of grief. Denial: “A smartwatch is programmed to become obsolete. How could I mix Hublot with something made for obsolescence? It’s impossible.” >>>   

My favorite gemstone pieces of 2014
Brecken Branstrator                                    National Jeweler                                   Dec. 23   
                                                                            

It was such a great year for designing in gemstones, with many colored stones coming to the attention of both celebrities and consumers. Not to mention, I was getting myself acquainted with many stones that were new to me. >>>   

 
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The Dragon   

Hans Meevis                                                   Ganoksin                                        Dec. 20   

    

I started a new project about two months ago. It will be a dragon, standing and guarding a mystical box in which will be a piece of custom made jewellery. >>>   

6 bridal jewelry trends for 2015

Cathleen McCarthy                                   National Jeweler                                    Dec. 22  

  

 

Celebrity couples threw caution to the wind this year, with weddings–and wedding rings–that marked a return to pre-recession extravagance. >>>  

 
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10 Small-Business Predictions for 2015 

Barry Moltz                                             OPEN forum                                December 18       
 

This coming year with be a critical growth time for small-business owners. There will be a major positive attitude shift for customers, employees and vendors that will help companies grow. >>>   

 

This is how a $390,000 Bike Looks Like

stonechicky                                   The Israeli Diamond Industry Blog                                Dec. 22     

       

After diamonds were hidden in candles and soap bars, the latest diamond and gold extravaganza comes from Goldgenie, a British luxury gifts company: Goldgenie has created a 24k gold men’s road bike, adorned with diamonds. >>> 

6 Tips for How to Sell More in Less Time   

Peter Fuller                                                  Entrepreneur                                  Dec. 22

                            

No one has time to waste when doing business, and as a seller, you certainly do not want to waste hours on a project or a prospect unlikely to score returns.Here are a few simple tips to incorporate into your daily routine that can help yousellmore in less time. >>>  

 

5 Reminders for Retailers During the Busiest Week of the Year

Emili Vesilind                                                     JCK                                                 Dec. 18


It’s almost over. The busiest time of the year for most jewelry retailers abruptly ends this coming week. No doubt you’re already counting down the days to when you’ll be sipping eggnog by a roaring fire-your weary feet encased in fuzzy slippers instead of lace ups or sensible heels.
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